Naturalization is the process by which a person who was born outside the U.S. can gain citizenship. That’s why we often hear the terms “naturalization” and citizenship” used together.
How do I get my citizenship?
A better question is what are the requirements for applying for Naturalization?
Qualifying for naturalization may vary depending on your circumstance or situation. However, there are some general requirements that should be met by anyone considering the naturalization process. Some common requirements include :
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- Have a lawful permanent residence in the US for at least 5 years (There are exceptions to this such as having a US citizen for a spouse or if you have already been granted refugee or asylee status)
- Be able to prove good moral character (Think on the lines of having a clean criminal record, letters of recommendation, etc).
- Be able to demonstrate basic English skills (This includes speaking, reading, and writing).
- Be able to pass an exam based on US history and government
- Be able to take an Oath of Allegiance to the US
You can find common exceptions and accommodations, waiver of English language requirement to naturalization requirements here.
The USCIS also holds free information sessions regarding the process of naturalization. You can search for any remote or in-person sessions here.
If you have any concerns about any of the above bullet points, an Austin immigration attorney can be of help. As mentioned previously, naturalization requirements may vary depending on one’s situation—having issues with some of the requirements doesn’t necessarily mean that you are ineligible for naturalization. An experienced attorney can help you overcome roadblocks regarding potential issues that may arise in the process and how to address those issues with USCIS.
What is the process of applying for Citizenship?
Applying for citizenship will require you to complete and submit Form N-400, which is the US Citizenship application (also often referred to as the Application for Naturalization). The form includes the complete list of requirements needed to apply for citizenship. The N-400 is divided into 18 parts which are clearly outlined with instructions on how to complete them.
To speak with an experienced Austin immigration lawyer about the naturalization process or the N-400, please call Austin immigration lawyer Michael G. Murray or Michael G.Murray, P.A. You can call today at (512) 215-4407, or contact the firm online, to learn more.